1. Leema Stream

    Leema Stream

    Speedy, insightful delivery, but this CD player is let down by lacklustre bass and can lose its cool during tricky musical passages

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  2. Cairn Tornado

    Cairn Tornado

    This French-built CD player delivers an exciting, dynamic sound but the treble can sound bright and build quality is a tad flimsy

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  3. Creek Destiny

    Creek Destiny

    Creek has improved the build quality of its latest CD player, and it's a smooth performer, but we'd like more excitement and attack

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  4. Bryston BCD-1

    Bryston BCD-1

    The Bryston makes a strong case with both its ability to involve the listener and its versatility with music

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  5. Moon CD-1

    Moon CD-1

    What the CD-1 lacks in subtlety, it more than makes up for in power and drive. This is a bold-sounding player

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  7. Plinius CD-101

    Plinius CD-101

    This Plinius CD player/amplifier is pretty much unbeatable for the money. Dynamic, punchy and enthusiastic – this gets to the heart of the music

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  8. Pathos Digit

    Pathos Digit

    The Pathos can take on any hard-driving tune and leave the ring without a scratch. Well-crafted player with verve and a rhythmic bite

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  9. NAD C515BEE

    NAD C515BEE

    The NAD fights its corner convincingly: robust build, disciplined soundstage and stunning levels of depths. But it needs to learn to cut loose occasio

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  10. Classe CDP-102

    Classe CDP-102

    This is a very capable high-end CD player that need fear no rival. Add in excellent build, elegant styling and new-age usability – and it’s a must-aud

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  11. Cairn Fog 3

    Cairn Fog 3

    It’s weird, quirky and sometimes downright frustrating – but the Fog 3 is one of the most natural-sounding CD players you’ll ever hear

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